Shorewood Public Library Kids Blog: Self-Care for Parents

October 30, 2021

Being a parent is often called “the hardest job in the world”. The challenges of the Co-Vid 19 pandemic have pushed that difficulty rating up above the chart levels. Navigating the twists and turns of virtual learning, in-person education, and work responsibilities while trying to take care of children’s physical, emotional and mental health has been intimidating. It’s no surprise that most parents have experienced periods of overwhelming and exhaustion.

While most parents have managed to do an admirable job taking care of their children, they are not as dedicated to taking care of themselves. They may believe they don’t have the time or feel selfish if they put their own needs first. Taking care of yourself is not a priority for many parents. It is a mistake.

Taking care of yourself is not self-indulgence. Taking care of your own emotional needs allows you to have more energy, patience, and compassion to share with your family. It also serves as a role model for your children on the importance of taking care of emotional and mental health as well as physical health.

It can be difficult to change that mindset and give yourself permission to take care of yourself. Experts offer these tips to get you started on the self-care / wellness path.

  • Be Your Own Best Friend – If you’re struggling with the concept of self-care, consider what encouragement you would offer a friend in a similar situation. What would you do for a friend who needs TLC? Do it for yourself.
  • Take care of your physical health. When we are emotionally stressed, we often neglect our physical well-being. Make sure you get good sleep, exercise, and eat healthy foods.
  • Know that it is okay to spend time away from your children. It is a good way for them to exercise their independence and develop relationships with others.
  • Find a few moments each day to talk to yourself and indulge in something soothing: a deep breath, a soothing cup of tea, listening to music, etc.
  • If you’re struggling to find time for yourself, plan it. Make sure “Me Time” is on the to-do list for each week. Use this time to do things you love or something you’ve always wanted to try.
  • Reconnect or stay connected with friends and family, in person or virtually.
  • Disconnect from electronics for a while.
  • Count your blessings. Gratitude practices can relieve stress and increase contentment.
  • Forget about perfectionism and self-criticism. Nobody is perfect. Your life doesn’t have to be up to someone else’s standards.
  • Ask for help when you need it.
  • For more ideas on how to take care of yourself

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